I first tasted this wine during the Bordeaux 2005 primeurs tastings when Dirk Niepoort poured the wine at the end of a tasting at Cos d’Estournel. I remember being enchanted by it and this time, poured from magnum, was equally special. The only way I can describe it is as a ‘double Pinot’ – ie with some Pinot Noir characteristics but like two wines laid on top of each other, like a double layer of silk – firmer and deeper than a single layer but with the same silky elegance.
Mainly 70 and 100 year old Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, harvested early September to avoid high alcohol and retain acidity. Includes 100% stems to reduce the dominance of fruit since the aim is elegance. Fermented in granite lagares and casks and aged 16 months in French casks. Wonderfully aromatic gentle red fruit, especially on the mid palate. Soft, silky and long. Finesse incarnate. Double layer Pinot-like silk.